Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE – Gary Quick of Gladstone and the late Clinton Fair of St. Ignace will be inducted into the Upper Peninsula Labor Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony Saturday, April 26, at Northern Michigan University.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The event will include a social hour at 5:30 p.m., a dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the induction ceremony at 7:30 p.m. It will be held in the University Center.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Quick was born in 1940 in Eagle, Mich., and his family moved shortly afterward to Rapid River. He graduated from Rapid River High School in 1958 and immediately took a job as a sub assembler at the Harnischfeger Corp. plant in Escanaba.

Within a few years, Quick was elected steward of the United Auto Workers Local 632 by his coworkers. He continued through the leadership ranks, being elected vice president in 1967 and president in 1969. During this time, Quick was involved with the UAW at a national level. He attended its constitutional convention as a delegate seven times between 1966 and 1983. He also served as a delegate for the Delta County Trades and Labor Council from 1975-1984.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  QuickÂ’s participation at the higher levels of the UAW earned him an appointment as an international representative for the Region 1-D office in Escanaba in April 1984, where he successfully negotiated union contracts in a wide variety of employment settings including health care, higher education, automotive and aerospace industries.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Quick also served on the Delta County Road Commission from 1977-1982, the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Advisory Board, the Labor-Management Board and the Private Industry Council. He was a United States Army Reservist from 1963-1969. He retired from the UAW in June 2002 and currently resides in Kipling.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Fair was born in 1909. After earning degrees from Eastern Michigan University and the University of Wisconsin, he took his first job as a schoolteacher in St. Ignace in 1931. In 1939 he transferred to the Dearborn public school system. He worked there before and after World War II, when he served for five years in the U.S. Navy and left as a lieutenant commander. After the war, he was chosen as a delegate to the local branch of the American Federation of Teachers in association with the Detroit unit of the American Federation of Labor.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  In 1947, Fair accepted a job as assistant to John Reid, secretary of the Michigan Federation of Labor, and was soon named director of the Michigan Labor LeagueÂ’s political action committee. There he worked on the successful 1948 gubernatorial campaign of G. Mennen Williams, and then served on WilliamsÂ’ staff as an administrative assistant until 1951.

Fair then returned to the Michigan Federation of Labor as its legislative director for two years before becoming education director for Region 7 of the Allied Industrial Workers in 1953. He remained there until his appointment to his first national position, which was secretary of the American Federation of Teachers.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  For the following two decades, Fair moved from position to position, including work on the Social Security task force of the national AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C. and as legislative representative for the California State AFL-CIO. He returned to the national office to serve another term before retiring in 1975.

Fair moved back to St. Ignace, where he was elected to the Mackinac County Board of Commissioners. He continued to work for both the Michigan and national AFL-CIO offices, handling special assignments on occasion. Fair resigned from the Mackinac County Board in 1980 due to ill health and died in January 1982.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Tickets for the induction ceremonies are available online at http://myweb.nmu.edu/~kharvala/uplhf.htm. For more information regarding tickets, call Kristi Harvala at 906-227-2104. The U.P. Labor Hall of Fame is located in the Superior Dome and is coordinated by the NMU Labor Education Program.

Prepared By
Jessica Holman